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    PNNL scientist contributes to global analysis of effects of rising temperatures

    A new study predicts that warming temperatures will contribute to the release into the atmosphere of carbon that has long been locked up securely in the coldest reaches of our planet. Scientists from more than 30 institutions across the globe, including PNNL, collaborated on the study.

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    Micro-scale Relationships between Microbial Diversity and Productivity

    Spatial relationships matter in surprising ways. A paper in ISME Journal describes a photosynthetic microbial mat, cultivated in a controlled laboratory setting and used to evaluate spatial relationships between productivity and diversity.

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    A New Model for Microbial Communities in the Hyporheic Zone

    New technology, along with advances in statistical modeling approaches developed at PNNL, now allow for the investigation of ecological processes across space and time in microbial communities.

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    Genes, Early Environment Sculpt the Gut Microbiome

    Genetics and birthplace have a big effect on the make-up of the microbial community in the gut, according to research published Nov. 28. in the journal Nature Microbiology. The findings by a team of scientists from PNNL and Berkeley Lab represent an attempt to untangle the forces that shape the gut microbiome, which plays an important role in keeping us healthy.

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    Rock Meets Microbe: Towards Better Models of Subsurface Microbial Communities

    In a recent paper in Scientific Reports, researchers describe an unexploited opportunity for modeling the distribution of subsurface microbial communities. Previous papers have used hydrogeological properties as proxies for microbial activity. But none (until now) have leveraged biogeochemical facies in order to spatially project microbial biomass.

About The Division

Scientists within the Biological Sciences Division perform biological systems science research and develop technologies focused on how cells, cell communities, and organisms sense and respond to their environment. Our vision is to measure, predict, design, and control multi-cellular biological systems and bio-inspired solutions for energy, environment, and health.

Our investigator-initiated and multi-institutional collaborative research, unique scientific instrumentation, and national program leadership translate the latest scientific discoveries into technologies that are beneficial to the nation.

Our research has applications to energy, environment, and human health missions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies.

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